J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of “Saints For All Occasions.” This fictional novel describes the lives of two sisters from Ireland. Their family falls on hard times and the older sister,Nora, marries a man who will inherit a farm that borders her own family’s farm. Nora’s husband does not actually inherit the farm so he decides to move to America. Nora doesn’t like her husband but chooses to go with him. The younger sister, Theresa, travels with them. The book tells the story of their struggles and successes in America.
- Practical, self-effacing Nora agreed to marry Charlie because his family owns the neighboring farm. But when his wastrel brother inherits instead, Charlie heads to America
- While Nora settles into her traces as a seamstress, Theresa falls for the black-haired, Clark Gable-ish Lothario she meets at a dance
- By ranging over decades, family sagas offer general as well as personal history, giving Sullivan an opportunity to sketch Boston’s past, especially the shameful aspects that affect her characters
“J. Courtney Sullivan’s fourth novel, “Saints for All Occasions,” covers five decades in the lives of a pair of Irish sisters, Nora and Theresa Flynn.”